Real Fiction - short films by John Smith

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 18.00– 20.00

John Smith

Artist’s talk and short films by John Smith.

Opening hours for screening of Dad’s Stick (5″, 2012, on loop): Monday–Saturday, 16.30–19.00, 10–14 October.


Known for their formal ingenuity, wit and oblique storytelling, John Smith’s films have been widely shown internationally for over 30 years. Initially inspired by conceptual art and structural film, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed an extensive body of work that defies classification, blurring the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction. Often rooted in everyday life, his meticulously crafted films playfully explore and expose the language of cinema. For this event Smith will present and discuss a varied selection of his short films made between 1976 and 2019.

Recent highlights include solo exhibitions at Fine Arts, Sydney (2019); Alma Zevi in Venice for the Venice Biennale (2017); Kate MacGarry London (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2015); Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris (2014) and Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012). Major group exhibitions include ‘Face It!’, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg (2019); ‘As Seen on Screen’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2019); ‘Double Takes’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (2019); ‘Journeys with The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018); ‘Age of Terror: Art since 9/11’, Imperial War Museum, London (2017–18) and ‘Between film and Photography’, FOMU Museum, Antwerp (2017). Smith regularly presents his work in person and in recent years it has been profiled through retrospectives at film festivals in numerous cities across the world. For more information please click here. For press release, click here.